Suprised to not see a thread on Cam's performance last night and his prospects as an NFL QB.
I'm not sure what everyone else think's but I'll share my thoughts on what I see as his potential.
Let me start by saying Cam is going to take some time to be a solid NFL QB. He runs an offense right now that is not utilized too much in the NFL today and would require that he learns a whole new system and how to be a pocket passer. My recommendation for any team that drafts him is to plan on giving him the whole first year on the bench, learning the game. Obviously if injurys or really poor play happens throughout the year, give him a shot, but he would be better served watching the game from the sidelines for his rookie year. He's just too raw.
With regards to Newton's upside, I truly do believe he can become a franchise QB in this league. His overall QB skills are solid and he gives you the added flexibility of being stout in the pocket and also being able to get outside and run with the football. He could work on his feet in the pocket and some of his reads, but these are teachable. You can't teach Tall, Athletic, Strong Arm, Fast.
If I had to give a comparison to another QB in the league, I would probably say he's actually a pretty good mix of Roethlisberger and Vick (a little more like Roethlisberger then Vick). He's obviously not nearly as big as Roethlisberger and not nearly as fast as Vick, but he's a good mix of the two. Obviously he won't magically turn into a combination of these two guys, as I said he has some learning to do, but I could see him being a nice mix if he takes the time, does his film study, and works hard.
That's a good segway to his character. He seems like a very happy guy (well he did just win the Heisman, so I'm not all that surprised), but obviously there are alot of things going on in his life outside of football that are definitely concerning. We all know about the bribe his father was trying to make and the stolen laptop accusations. I can put all that aside and have confidence in Newton if I know this guy will work hard and want to be an elite NFL QB. That's going to come down to due diligence and gut from Ireland and Sparano as to whether he can put in the work.
Would be interested in everyone's thoughts to those that watched last night or even if you didn't and still insight on Cam.